View Our Homes http://www.view-our-homes.com a blog about Calgary and Area Real Estate en-ca (C) 1996-2017 Norm Rousseau & Sylvia Garrett MaxWell Realty 120 Mon, 01 May 2017 08:43:59 G5T Mon, 01 May 2017 08:43:59 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/72f54396-6504-4aaf-837f-2f6a611e52ba Mon, 01 May 2017 08:43:59 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/72f54396-6504-4aaf-837f-2f6a611e52ba <p>● Year-over-year sales activity has improved in each sector of the market. However, overall activity remains below long-term averages in most segments. <p>● Despite the year-over-year rise of detached new listings in April, overall inventory levels continue to remain 20 per cent below last year’s levels, keeping months of supply at 2.09. <p>● Growth in new condominium apartment listings continues to outpace growth in sales. This is leading to higher inventory levels and a month of supply that’s nearly six months. <p>● Oversupply in the apartment condominium sector is placing further downward pressure on pricing. In April, apartment benchmark prices totaled $269,200, which is 0.19 per cent blow last month and 4.23 per cent below last year’s levels. To date, apartment prices have contracted by nearly 12 per cent over 2014 highs. <p>● Semi-detached prices totaled $390,200 in April, a 0.15 per cent increase compared to last month and 1.72 per cent higher than prices recorded one year ago. Meanwhile, row prices totaled $305,900 in April, 0.59 per cent above last month, but 2.83 per cent below last year. <p>● Year-to-date sales activity has either improved or remained at the same level as last year in all districts except the NE. Much of this growth is fueled by improved detached activity. <p>● Within the detached sector, year-to-date benchmark prices have improved in the North West, West and East areas of the city compared to last year.</p> HOUSING MARKET FACTS FOR APRIL 2017 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/db2e66f8-368a-4916-8fa6-8514e9336701 Mon, 01 May 2017 08:36:11 G5T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/db2e66f8-368a-4916-8fa6-8514e9336701 <p><strong>City-wide prices hold steady as labour market improves.</strong> <p>Calgary's housing market continued to show signs of stability in April. With improvements in the labour market and a balanced detached sector, city-wide benchmark prices reached $439,600 in April, similar to the previous month, but 0.90 per cent below last year's levels. <p>"More jobs means less uncertainty for people who are sitting on the fence," said CREB® president David P. Brown. "There also tends to be fewer people who need to sell when employment improves, and that can prevent inventory gains and further price reductions in the market. It's a good scenario for sellers who are entering a spring market that's in better shape than anything we've seen in recent years."<a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capture.png"><img title="Capture" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 6px 32px 0px 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="Capture" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capturethumb.png" width="534" align="left" height="259"></a> <p>While adjustments are still occurring in the apartment condominium sector, the detached segment of the market is improving across all price segments.</p> Housing market retains momentum in April 2017 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/e0ba7bcb-617c-4dde-a057-fa965ae106a3 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:44:03 G4T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/e0ba7bcb-617c-4dde-a057-fa965ae106a3 <p><strong>INSPECT YOUR ROOF</strong><br>Inspect for wind, snow, or ice damage. Check to see that the roof shingles are secure, tightly fastened and in good condition. If any of the shingles are loose, repair with asphalt roofing cement. If they are damaged or missing, replacement will be necessary and may require professional help.<br>Inspect the flashing around the chimney, plumbing vent stacks, electrical masts, and in valleys where roofing sections meet. Repair or re-flash if the flashing has deteriorated.</p> <p> A great way to initially inspect the shingles is with field glasses then if it looks damaged call an expert.</p> <p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/shingle-maintenance2.jpg"><img title="Shingle Maintenance" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="Shingle Maintenance" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/shingle-maintenancethumb.jpg" width="534" align="left" height="333"></a> Spring Home Maintenance Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/1751f9e0-bf11-4136-bcf7-d08b8122a741 Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:27:34 G4T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/1751f9e0-bf11-4136-bcf7-d08b8122a741 <p><b>PRIME LOCATION! PRIVACY! HUGE SOUTH FACING PIE LOT WITH MATURE TREES! LAKE PRIVILEDGES! </b> <p><b></b> <p>This bright and appealing home provides a flexible and open floor plan. The gorgeous renovated kitchen showcases beautiful cabinetry, large granite island, upgraded stainless appliances including an induction stove and built in coffee station. <a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/virtualtour234231172.jpg"><img title="virtual-tour-234231-17" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 5px 17px 0px 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="virtual-tour-234231-17" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/virtualtour23423117thumb.jpg" width="534" align="left" height="356"></a>Sunny breakfast nook overlooking the private yard, comfortable family room, den and upgraded bathrooms. Three good sized bedrooms including the master with a 5 piece ensuite and dual vanities. The fully finished lower level features a spacious media room, recreation room, 4th bedroom and 3 piece bath. Great outdoor space with large deck for entertaining and BBQ’s and a hot tub for relaxing. Your family will enjoy year round fun at the lake and leisurely walks in Fish Creek Park and the Bow River Pathways. <p>● Government of Canada ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Program</p> <p>● 4-Star Electric’s Residential Electricity Safety audit</p> <p>Details &amp; Photos: <a title="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4110519-247-mt-victoria-pl-se-calgary-alberta-t2z-1p4/" href="http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4110519-247-mt-victoria-pl-se-calgary-alberta-t2z-1p4/">http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4110519-247-mt-victoria-pl-se-calgary-alberta-t2z-1p4/</a></p> <p>Virtual Tour: <a title="Virtual Tour" href="http://www.myvisuallistings.com/vt/234231">Virtual Tour</a></p> McKenzie Lake two storey Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/df657780-719b-4504-b765-a45f12ac81c9 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:15:42 G4T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/df657780-719b-4504-b765-a45f12ac81c9 <p><em>Detached prices stabilize as city-wide inventory trends down</em> <p>After a long period of disconnect between supply and demand, Calgary's detached housing sector is firmly in balanced territory. Sales were still 10 per cent below long-term trends in March, but above levels seen in recent years, while average inventory declined compared to last year, supporting price stability in the detached market.<a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capture.png"><img title="Capture" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 6px 20px 0px 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="Capture" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capturethumb.png" width="534" align="left" height="248"></a> <p>"It's not so much that demand went through the roof in March, but that we had less supply come onto the market, which is really helping to balance things out," said CREB® president David P. Brown. "These changes are lifting the cloud of uncertainty for housing consumers and nicely positioning our market as we move into the more active spring season."</p> Housing market set for favourable lead into spring March 2017 Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/79a1e446-d787-42d0-8548-0a84e3297bc6 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:18:35 G3T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/79a1e446-d787-42d0-8548-0a84e3297bc6 <p><b>Tax Deductions and Tax Credits: What’s The Difference?</b> <p>by Robb Engen | Mar 14, 2017 | Taxes <p>Canadian taxpayers have until April 30th, 2017 to file their 2016 taxes. However, before the calendar turns over to a new year many Canadians want to know how best to maximize their tax refund or minimize what they owe the government. <p>The two main ways to reduce taxes owing are through tax deductions and tax credits. What’s the difference between a deduction and a credit? Let’s explore: <p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/photo2.jpg"><img title="photo" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px 132px 11px 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="photo" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/photothumb.jpg" width="584" align="left" height="257"></a></p> <p><b></b> <p><b></b> <p><b></b></p> SOME IDEAS FOR ANYONE WHO FILES TAXES Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/48519d3b-7c89-45cc-a49a-33802cd815c3 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:35:48 G3T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/48519d3b-7c89-45cc-a49a-33802cd815c3 <p><a href="http://calgaryherald.com/author/alanna-smith">Alanna Smith<br></a>Published on: March 3, 2017 | Last Updated: March 3, 2017 6:02 PM MDT <p><b><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/clipimage0022.png"><img title="clip_image002" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px 18px 0px 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="clip_image002" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/clipimage002thumb.png" width="484" align="left" height="363"></a><strong></strong></b> <p><strong>What do we know about the Government of Alberta’s solar rebate program?</strong> <p>The Alberta government has created a $36-million solar <a href="https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=463610A3269CE-0D2C-C140-6E391B3112A56664">rebate program</a> to cut solar installation costs. The program will offer rebates of up to 30 per cent for homeowners. <p>The rebate will be 75 cents per watt, but there will be a cap, said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips. <p>Further details on qualifying systems and installation and eligibility requirements will be released in coming months. The government is currently looking for a third party to deliver the program.&nbsp; </p> Do solar panels make sense for Alberta homeowners? Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/139f3f2e-b57b-4950-8a22-7ae73e64fd64 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:22:28 G3T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/139f3f2e-b57b-4950-8a22-7ae73e64fd64 <p><strong>A transition in the making detached sales activity boosts February housing market Feb. 2017</strong> <p>City of Calgary, March 1, 2017 – After the first two months of the year, Calgary’s detached sector continues to drive a slow transition in the housing market. February sales totaled 1,342 units, which is still 19 per cent below long-term averages, but an improvement over the past two years. <a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capture2.png"><img title="Capture2" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 7px 63px 8px 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="Capture2" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/capture2thumb.png" width="608" align="left" height="432"></a> <p>As sales kept trending upward, detached inventory levels continued to ease in February. These conditions caused months of supply to fall to 2.4 months, putting less downward pressure on pricing. Unadjusted detached benchmark prices totaled $501,900 in February, which is one per cent lower than prices recorded last year, but slightly higher than January figures. <p>“There seems to be a new sense of optimism these days,” said CREB® president David P. Brown. “Some sellers are feeling upbeat about the changing landscape and the improved chances of selling their home. Other people are looking at the spring market with caution and wondering if we’re going to see a higher than expected surge of listings. While there’s less product on the market right now, sellers still need to be realistic with their pricing.” <p>The amount of excess inventory eased in the overall market in February, setting the stage for a transition to a more stable market this year. Months of supply totaled 3.4 months, down from five months over last February. At the same time, the sales-to-new-listings ratio trended from a near record February low of 39 per cent last year to 55 per cent this February. <p>With sales improving and new listings and inventories contracting—two key measures of market balance, there’s good evidence to show that the housing market has started a trend toward more balanced conditions. <p>“The transition in the housing market appears to be underway,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lure. “However, it is important to note that this change is primarily being driven by improvements in the detached market and stability in the labour market.” <p>“It will take some time for these conditions to translate into all housing segments and achieve price recovery,” said Lurie. “But all indicators continue to point toward a slow transition from a contracting market toward one that is stabilizing at lower levels.” February 2017 CREB Stats Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/a12b0e82-be79-4d1b-b425-6b03fe37f38e Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:29:14 G3T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/a12b0e82-be79-4d1b-b425-6b03fe37f38e <p>Excellent opportunity to own your own home! 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Come and view your new home today!</p> <p>Virtual Tour:</p> <p><a href="http://view.maxwellrealty.ca/home/Y2X2TZ/%2323-649-MAIN-ST-NW-Old-Town-Airdrie-AB-C4102256">http://view.maxwellrealty.ca/home/Y2X2TZ/%2323-649-MAIN-ST-NW-Old-Town-Airdrie-AB-C4102256</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <div id="scid:77ECF5F8-D252-44F5-B4EB-D463C5396A79:cf1504f8-1043-4040-a441-3710bbf5460d" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent" style="float: none; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Mobile+Home" rel="tag">Mobile Home</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Airdrie" rel="tag">Airdrie</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/%2449+900" rel="tag">$49 900</a></div> <p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img1431.jpg"><img title="IMG_1431" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 7px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="IMG_1431" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img1431thumb.jpg" width="534" align="left" height="400"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img15141.jpg"><img title="IMG_1514" style="border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-top-width: 0px" border="0" alt="IMG_1514" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/img1514thumb1.jpg" width="534" align="left" height="400"></a></p> Renting Stops Here $49,900 Airdrie Norm Rousseau http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/e4ace7f6-497e-43ef-946a-f72be2d5e107 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:30:15 G2T http://www.view-our-homes.com/Post/e4ace7f6-497e-43ef-946a-f72be2d5e107 <div id="scid:77ECF5F8-D252-44F5-B4EB-D463C5396A79:703e58a5-28cd-46e1-a64f-d3eb4b11fe94" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent" style="float: none; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px">Technorati Tags: <a href="http://technorati.com/tags/Real+Estate" rel="tag">Real Estate</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/For+Sale" rel="tag">For Sale</a>,<a href="http://technorati.com/tags/View-our-homes.com" rel="tag">View-our-homes.com</a></div> <p><a href="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/wp20170224081303pro6149.jpg"><img title="WP_20170224_08_13_03_Pro[6149]" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; float: left; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="WP_20170224_08_13_03_Pro[6149]" src="http://www.view-our-homes.com/File/wp20170224081303pro6149thumb.jpg" width="574" align="left" height="689"></a></p> I saw a house for sale Norm Rousseau